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sahugani
October 27, 2007, 02:34 PM
Sahugani’s One Piece Review 476

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this is the fearsome pirate worth 300 million

Good (enter time of day here) everyone. Overall, I’d say this is a damn good week in manga, so I’m in a good mood. The pleasantness of the chapters helped make up for the shitty smoke in the air over here. Oh well, the smoke also granted me a week off from classes, so that helped too. Let’s just get going with it. The pics for this review came from the MangaShare scanlation and the title pic is a piece done by xmagicx18 (http://xmagicx18.deviantart.com/) over at DeviantArt, so be sure to stop by her gallery.


Alter-Ego

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...i think i prefer the warthog

As we left things last week, Luffy had just met up with the shadowless human versions of the Risky Brothers. Who are apparently members of Proposal Lola’s crew. I guessed last week that Lola would be one of the ones sent to float around aimlessly on the sea, but I guess Moria did not consider her enough of a threat to do so. Looking back, I guess this makes sense as her shadow was put inside an animal. Most of the other general zombies have bodies that belonged to legendary figures, thus granting them stronger bodies to utilize their shadow’s powerful skills more effectively. Lola was not considered powerful enough to be given one of the legendary corpses for a body, but after her warthog zombie was completed, it was deemed too strong for a mere wild zombie and was thus grouped among the generals. The strength of her personality likely had something to do with this. One odd thing worth mentioning is that while the real Lola seems to have a reputation for asking every man she meets to marry her, her zombie instead fell in love with Absalom alone. There is only one explanation I can come up with and I hope to god Oda lets us see this flashback before zombie Lola loses her shadow. My guess is that after being created, zombie Lola asked Absalom to marry her the same way her real equivalent does to every man, but due to some circumstances too bizarre for me to imagine, Absalom accidentally says yes (though he constantly says it was a misunderstanding afterwards). The fact that as a zombie, Lola’s dream had been achieved had a profound impact on the warthog. With the dream fulfilled, she devotes her full attention to the man who said yes and her surge of emotion is enough to override the automatic obedience that has affected every other zombie on the island. It really explains every quirk about her character, so I really hope Oda lets us see this.


Update

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aren't there any pretty people with stolen shadows?

In conversation with the shadowless pirates, we learn that they are surprisingly well informed regarding the situation on the island. They even have the latest up to date info on the fight between Oz/Moria and the Strawhats. Apparently they have established a special victim network through which they relate all news to every corner of the island. There are a couple important things to note about this. First and foremost, it seems that Moria was indeed lying when he said merely beating him would not free the shadows from the zombies. Before, Luffy’s only evidence came from the old guy that knocking Moria out would do the trick, so when Moria contradicted this, it was not beyond belief that the old man could be wrong. These guys though seem to be insanely well informed when it comes to the nature of Moria’s powers, so for them to say that a mere KO is all that is needed can be used as actual proof. In addition to this, their appearance makes me wonder if they were the same ones who cheered from the shadows earlier in this arc when the old man first told Luffy what he was up against. If they are, one would wonder why they didn’t give Luffy all this info and power back then to ensure victory. I think the best answer is that they didn’t know Luffy’s power back then and so did not want to waste their secret unless they knew they had a person worth giving it to.


Moria’s Double-edged Sword

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Samurai Luffy!!!

When Luffy starts getting impatient and tries to leave, Lola decides it’s better to just show Luffy why they stopped him rather than try to explain it to him. They pull out a shadow and stuff it into Luffy. Suddenly Luffy becomes an expert swordsman. When I read that bit in the spoilers I was really hoping that Lola’s group had somehow retrieved Zoro and Sanji’s shadows and gave them to Luffy as they are still unaccounted for and it would be great to see Luffy wield the power of his crew. Unfortunately, it was merely the shadow of a marine swordsman. The idea behind this trick is rather logical. A shadow contains a person’s skills but no memory, so inserting it into a live person would not interfere with the person’s ability to think. As for how the people are even able to hold a shadow, the secret lies in Moria’s ability. While a normal shadow is two flat and mimics its master, Moria gives it its own physical form so that it may be removed from the original owner and in its 3d form is able to act as a soul for a new zombie body. Since Moria gives it physical form, after it is removed from a living body by him or a dead body by way of purification, it can be easily grasped by anyone.


The Collection

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you greedy bastards

After the explanation of how it works, the guys reveal that they have captured a large number of shadows already. In their quest to retrieve their own shadows, they have purified a large number of zombies and captured the escaping shadows. Since after being purified, a shadow automatically travels to its original master, it seems wrong that Lola and her crew should halt these shadows from proceeding. In doing so, they are keeping some poor guy from getting his shadow back, which seems quite cruel. However, you must remember that these are pirates, so selfishness is pretty much a given. Each time they purify a zombie, they capture a shadow and keep it tied down. The victims on the island may have made an agreement among themselves to preserve the shadows so that they can give power to a hero when one arrives to ensure the savior of all instead of themselves alone. It is also possible that they collect all the shadows and only give shadows back to those among their group who claim their own. In this second scenario, it means that the collection of shadows would get whittled down to a more select group. While those on the island can collect their shadows, any who were considered too strong for Moria to keep on the island are cast away at sea and thus unavailable to reclaim theirs. As the collection builds up more and more of these powerhouse shadows while the weakling shadows are retrieved, it just makes the collection all the more kick ass for Luffy.


Uber-Luffy

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HULK SMASH!!!

While Lola’s crew can only take a couple shadows before passing out, they assume Luffy can take about thirty. To their surprise, Luffy takes all 100 of the shadows they had, giving him a new monstrous form that we have yet to see fully. This new Nightmare Luffy is equipped with the skill sets of one hundred individuals in addition to his own. Unlike others we have seen, the incorporation of shadows has actually affected his physical anatomy, making him a great deal larger with ape-like proportions. Since the shadow only affects a person’s mentality, it doesn’t seem logical that Luffy’s body should change. This is probably a combination of the various skills causing Luffy’s muscles to bulge involuntarily and the fact that Luffy’s devil fruit powers allow such expansions to occur. In short, Luffy has become an unstoppable monster for ten minutes. What I’m hoping for is not so much to see as many extra skills as possible but rather to see these skills amplified by his own devil fruit powers. Even if all these skills give him the power to take down Oz, I think it is only right that he deals the finishing blow with an ability all his own and I’m still thinking that the ability to be used is gear 3.


Moria’s Manipulation

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...slightly overpowered

As we turn back to the Oz fight, we see that things are not going so well for the Strawhats. The acquisition of rubber abilities has made Oz a good deal stronger. We then hear from a bragging Moria the true secret behind this new boost. It seems that in actuality, Oz never did get Luffy’s devil fruit powers. By fusing his own shadow with Oz’s, Moria is able to control the form of Oz’s body by reversing the relationship between a shadow and physical body. Using this skill, he can recreate Luffy’s powers by stretching Oz’s anatomy according to the attack being used. This ability would most likely allow him to recreate any devil fruit power that merely alters the shape of one’s anatomy (the other one that comes to mind is Buggy’s bara bara no mi). The ability to have such control over a body through the shadow seems like an unfair advantage. By this logic, he should be able to recreate the aforementioned types of devil fruit powers in himself by using his own shadow or severely alter an opponent’s anatomy to give a severe handicap in a fight. However, I’m guessing that this ability only works on zombies. For living people, their shadows are a direct reflection of themselves and while Moria can use his ability to cut the two apart, he can’t invade its shadow while the owner is still alive. Zombies bear two shadows though. They bear one on the inside that is reflective of the living person Moria stole it from and thus can’t be invaded. The other is the shadow of the corpse, which no longer has any spiritual connection to its owner and thus can be taken over by Moria. He manipulates the form of this dead shadow to change the shape of the dead body while the living shadow inside still retains conscious control.


Brooke’s Will to Fight

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hahaha!!! death and destruction

With the Strawhats losing badly, Brooke feels the need to make himself useful even if his skills don’t match those of his new allies. Since at the moment they are out of options, they reluctantly agree and set up another powerful combo. Usopp reloads the giant slingshot that sent Franky right into the danger zone last time. This time, Brooke is the ammo though. Robin wraps him in a coil of her arms and Nami provides a dark thundercloud. In the end, the combo hurls Brooke’s light body at high speed towards Oz with his sword drawn. Robin uncoils him in midair and he passes through Nami’s cloud to create a powerful arrow of lightning. Although the attack pierces right through Oz’s shoulder, it leaves him embedded in a wall. Like the Strawhats, he is now simply in the position of waiting for Luffy to come kick Oz’s ass


Picking Them Off

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oh noes!!!

As the attack on Oz continues with Zoro trying to continue the chain of combos, the true value of having Moria there begins to show. While Oz would normally just fight the Strawhats by attacking whichever one is closest, Moria has given him the order to destroy them one by one. In accordance with his orders, Oz ignores Zoro and decides to finish off Brooke before continuing on to anyone else. With a swift axe kick to the wall where Brooke is stuck, he takes the skeleton out of the battle to join the unconscious Franky. As Usopp is the next to attack, Oz decides that the sniper is the next target of his focused attack. While before, the Strawhats could distract Oz with one attack while preparing another, this new strategy is extremely dangerous for them as their efforts must now go to protecting the current target instead of preparing attacks. As they are unlike other pirate crews, they don’t feel right sacrificing their own members for a chance at a perfect attack.


Robin’s Genius

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its amazing how well those arms mesh together to look like a giant arm

As Oz prepares to attack Usopp with a stretching punch, he realizes that he can no longer stretch. Apparently Robin has used her ability to restrict Moria rather than take on Oz directly. By keeping the master tied up, she hopes to nullify the ability to manipulate Oz’s shadow. The reason for the effectiveness is more than likely simply a break in Moria’s concentration. We have already seen Moria manipulate his own shadow without moving an inch of his real body. Holding him still should have no effect on his ability to manipulate his shadow and through it Oz’s as well. Even if somehow this actually does stop his ability to manipulate Oz’s shadow, he can still separate his own from it and use it to attack Robin in order to regain control. With things looking dire at this point, Luffy will likely arrive soon and we may get a short return to Kuma just to see a mere reaction while he watches things unfold.


Overall

I so look forward to these chapters each week cause they so rarely disappoint. This week is no exception. While the chapter didn’t have as much of the flair as other chapters, it did quite a bit in peaking my interest for next week. I am psyched to see the horrendous glory that is Nightmare Luffy as he will cause a whole new level of destruction. One thing I truly hope for is to see Franky get back up and rejoin the fight. I was sad to see the screen of him still unconscious. Oh well. Until next week, farewell and may the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.

Helltroll
October 27, 2007, 03:46 PM
once again a nice review from you sahu. like you i'm also excited about the first picture from nightmare luffy and i hope it will be as good as afro luffy back at dbf. i also hope that franky gets up again and that ussop doesn't feel the wrath of oz (it would be a shame, because he totally deserves a arc where he is not beaten half to death...)

noonethere
October 27, 2007, 04:31 PM
Again thanks for your reviews.
This superb chapter shows yet another form of luffy and more teamwork from SH and Brook(The only disappointing parts are the lack of involvment of Chopper and Sanji and the fact that Franky is KO)
The fact that Moria actually attacked Marines such as the swordman whose shadow was first put in Luffy(don't know why but i instantly thought of Captain T-Bone) will ultimately be the reason why the WG will arrest him after his defeat. Attacking pirates is encouraged by the WG but attacking Marines will not be tolerated.

Yashi
October 27, 2007, 06:29 PM
Great review once again! Indeed gear third all the way, double knockout for both Oz and Moria.:D Next week is going to be awesomely climaxing!:amuse

sahugani
October 28, 2007, 10:31 AM
@Helltroll - i don't think any Luffy form will surpass the awesomeness that was Afro Luffy, but ya i'm hoping this one looks great. as for Usopp, since his individual dyel is over i think he's safe on the full body cast front for this arc

@noonethere - Sanji and Chopper did kind of disappear from the fight. maybe we'll se a stroke of Sanji's strategic brilliance like during the Enies Lobby arc. As for Moria i too am hoping that the government comes to its senses and arrests him for causing problems for the marines in addition to pirates However, as they don't want it public that they lost two Shichibukai in a short timeframe, i'd say an arrest is unlikely

@Yashi - Yesh!!! the chapters will only get better

Serpent
October 29, 2007, 07:57 AM
This was one awesome chapter and same goes for the review :)
After reading this chapter the first thing that came to mind why the hell doesn't thriller bark have a freakin dungeon, i mean after 3 years of this guys takin out zombies you'd think they would take some measures to prevent this ...
Anyway can't wait for the next chapter :spaz

sahugani
October 29, 2007, 08:04 AM
that is a REALLY damn good point!!! i mean if nothing else it would be quite fitting to have a creepy dungeon in a hunted castle. i guess since Moria sends away anyone he deems a threat after taking the shadow, he figures that the island itself is good enough a cage for the weaklings he lets stay.

Yashi
October 31, 2007, 09:25 AM
Well, that's true, but that would mean Moria doesn't realize the shadows can be stolen back from him. Weaklings with salt and multiple shadows put into them are quite a threat, imagine Brooke with a dozen swordsmaster shadows put into him, that'd rock Moria's joint! :D (example)

Absolutio
October 31, 2007, 06:53 PM
great review sahu! I really liked brooke's combo attack! "Look at me, I'm strucked by lightning so you can see my bones!". But I didn't get what was the point of this attack? He only minorly injured ozz. Wasn't it better for him to launch with the salt into the direction of his mouth?

Timeless
November 01, 2007, 06:48 AM
Terrific review! :D There are some things that I'd like to point out, though.
Now that it's been clarified that there is at least one pirate captain on the island, this can counter your point about Brook leading Thriller Bark - as I have no doubt you've already thought about yourself. Your theory is still credible, but this gives some more hope for Brook-fans such as myself. ;) Oda is very unpredictable though, so I guess I'll have to sit on the edge of my seat until our favourite skeleton's status is confirmed.

Also, Moria's shadow power isn't THAT overpowered. The number of devil fruit it could reproduce would be very few. Buggy's fruit won't work, since that would need the shadow to split. Since Moria's shadow needs to be connected to Oz's shadow for the technique to work, Buggy's fruit would be impossible to emulate. The technique can only change the shape of something, but it can't change its consistency. In other words, it's a power that gives you incredible reach and tremendous dodging ability. The way I see it, it can only properly emulate the gomu gomu fruit, along with changing the body shape somewhat.

On another note, I wonder what happens if he uses that power on the shadows of buildings or weapons? :)

sahugani
November 01, 2007, 07:15 AM
@Yashi - i guess, but even if he does realize this he doesn't really have to worry. he sends away the strong members because a) it means the stronger shadows are less likely to be taken back by the shadowless and b) the weaker shadowless cannot take that many into their bodies. recall that he deemed Brooke strong enough to send away

@Absolutio - good point. however, given Oz's ability to dodge, i guess they didn't want to risk losing the salt on a long-range attack. what they are doing right now is attempting to cripple Oz so they can put the salt directly into his mouth at point-blank range

@Timeless - *sigh* i was wondering when this would come up. yes i did realize this. and you're right that it could still go either way. while this is a bit of a blow to my arguement, i guess the only fix i have is that the Lola zombie is fundamentally different than the other general zombies to begin with. as she has a warthog body instead of a legendary corpse it seems she was originally intended to be a wild zombie, which would explain her original shadowless body not being considered strong enough to send away. it was only by some yet unexplained twist that she ended up stronger than she should have been. with this in mind, my previous theory still holds true as Lola is taken out of the equation

i actually wouldn't doubt it if Moria could emulate Buggy's fruit. Moria has merged his shadow into Oz's and if you recall the first time we saw Moria use his shadow as a doppelganger, he was clearly able to split his shadow into multiple parts. while i agree that we likely won't see this happen, i wouldn't put it out of the realm of possibility. the reason he is merely sticking to the stretching is because that is the body form Luffy's style is intended for. Moria's role is to allow Oz's attacks to have full effect, so he allows Oz's body to match the style of Luffy's shadow more effectively

well as i stated in the review i'm pretty sure it doesn't work on living shadows, but that brings up a good point on its use on inanimate objects, which would be classed the same as the corpses. while it might work the same, i doubt it. i think the ability only works on the shadows of corpses because they are like the emptied shells of something that was alive. just like how a corpse body is a husk who's soul is replaced with a living shadow, their own shadow is a husk which Moria's shadow can invade.

Timeless
November 01, 2007, 02:06 PM
You're right, this whole deal with the Lola pirates don't really change the debate about Brook joining or not joining very much. Even if there are pirate captains that could lead Thriller Bark themselves, that is no guarantee that Brook will join, or that he won't take lead himself, even.
Ah, I didn't think of that - I had totally forgotten that Moria's shadow can split. :s I would seriously like to see that kage whatchamacallit technique used on inanimate objects though - even if it's unlikely to work that way. It would make for a kickass fight once Nightmare Luffy arrives to finish bussiness. :D

Nice description about how you think the shadow technique works, also. I hope Oda thought of something similar, or we could have somewhat of a plothole on our hands. Ah well, Moria's only used it for one chapter, so Oda'll probably fill us all in on it eventually.